While waiting for the car to get fixed, I started writing a post on my favourite jazz-improvisation materials when I ran into this new video by Jerry Bergonzi on My Music Masterclass: Improvising With Triad Pairs. This is awesome. I use triad-pairs a lot and look forward to see Jerry talking about that. Insta-purchase.
So far I had been rather satisfied with the very basic, blue Vandoren reed on my alto. In combination with my Aizen GR 8 I consistently got a good sound and tuning. Somehow though the 2.5 I used had the tendency to be a bit on the stiff side and I usually had to file them a bit down, to get them, you know, just right. I tried the #2, but they were too light to my taste.
The other I day, I decided to try the V21 by Vandoren, which at least as of now, seem to hit just that sweet spot. Having a decent amount of resistance, but still are neither too hard or too soft.
It is still a bit too early to say for sure, but I’m having a good feeling about this.
The fine folks at My Music Masterclass have released a video (actually two) with saxophone legend George Coleman which looks great. This was kind of an insta-purchase.
And JazzWax dug up another interesting documentary. This time on Jackie McLean:. Now I only have to find the time watch it.
Another very interesting in documentary:. I don’t think I have seen this one before, but surely will over the weekend
This looks like a great documentary. Will have to watch it this weekend: :
Ben Britton in Battling the Sticky G-sharp Key:
The conventional wisdom that gets passed around is to clean the pad with pad paper or a dollar bill, but a bit of liquid soap and water (or just some water in a real pinch) can go a long way. Use a toothbrush if you can to be thorough.
Ben has some helpful tips to help un-sticking the G# key. I was familiar with the Dollar-note (ie.coffee-filter) and the oil one, but soap/water was new to me. I will give that try next time the key acts up. Which is probably tomorrow.
A transcription from Richie Cannata’s tenor solo on Billy Joel’s New State Of Mind
A student needed to play the solo and I tried to find a transcription. Since I couldn’t find a transcription online and had a little downtime I quickly made one myself.
It’s a rather slow tune, which makes the rhythmical notation somewhat cryptic, and in a few spots I’m not entirely sure if everything is correct. But at least it should be in the ballpark, and it’s fun to play.